This Day in Failure: February 23

2010: Dutch speed skater Sven Kramer crosses the finish line with the fastest time in the 10,000 meter race at the Vancouver Olympic Games, only to be disqualified after skating the final eight laps in the wrong lane after his coach, Gerard Kemkers, sent him to the wrong lane on a changeover. Lee Seung-hoon of South Korea is awarded the gold medal, with a time more than 4 seconds slower than Kramer.

2008: The New Jersey Institute of Technology’s men’s basketball team completes a 0-29 season with a 76-50 loss to Utah Valley State, setting an NCAA record for losses in a winless season. The Division I Highlanders finish the year with more turnovers (577) than field goals (550).

2006: “People don't need to worry about security. This deal wouldn't go forward if we were concerned about the security for the United States of America.” —George W. Bush on a plan to hand over security of American ports to a company owned by the United Arab Emirates.

2005: The Chicago Sun-Times reports the exploits of Randy Washington, 24, who held up a TCF Bank in South Chicago Heights ten months earlier. In October 2004, Washington called DJ Drex's morning show on WKSC Radio (Chicago) to brag about the heist after the host solicited calls from listeners who had robbed a bank. Although Washington identified himself as “Dee,” the police traced the call to his cell phone, tracked him down, and arrested him for the crime.

1820: The Cato Street Conspiracy—a plot to assassinate all British cabinet members—is foiled by London police. Conspiracy leader Arthur Thistlewood and four others would be found guilty of high treason and executed.